2 Former Vanderbilt Football Players Found Guilty of Rape

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
Former Vanderbilt University football players Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey
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Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, two former Vanderbilt University football players, were found guilty Tuesday of raping an unconscious student in 2013, the New York Daily News reports.

A Tennessee jury convicted the former student-athletes on all “five counts of rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery,” the news site explains.

A total of four football players were indicted in the attack; the other two players who stand accused—Brandon Banks and Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie—are being tried separately. 


After closing arguments made by the prosecution and the defense, the jurors deliberated for more than two hours before rendering a guilty verdict across the board.

A video camera captured footage of Vandenburg carrying the unconscious victim into a dorm room the night of the attack. According to authorities, the attackers took photos during the attack and shared them on social media, the Daily News reports. 


The victim testified during the trial and said that she had been dating Vandenburg in 2013. He gave her several drinks when they were at a club in Nashville, Tenn., and she woke up the next day in his dorm room. She does not remember the attack.

Batey testified that he had been extremely drunk during the incident. He said that he would not have participated in the attack if he had been sober. “I was drunk out of my mind,” Batey said. “This is something I would never do in my right state of mind. I’m just sorry.”

Read more at the New York Daily News. 

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